Zespri welcomes the Government’s announcement that Cabinet has approved amendments to the Kiwifruit Export Regulations.
Zespri Chairman Peter McBride explains these regulatory changes represent the first major review of the regulations since they were put in place 17 years ago.
“The Kiwifruit Regulations have served the industry very well and extensive industry consultation showed more than 97 percent of growers support the industry structure, with minor changes identified to position the industry for the strong growth ahead.
“These regulatory amendments help position the kiwifruit industry for growth, as we look to more than double sales revenue to $4.5 billion by 2025.”
This announcement signals a significant milestone in a comprehensive industry review process spanning almost three years, including last year’s grower referendum which had the highest turnout in a horticultural referendum in recent history.
Mr McBride says growers asked the government to amend the regulations to allow for closer shareholding alignment with production, update the definition of Zespri’s core business and provide